Archive | June, 2016

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…

I thought Labour was bad, but the Tories are bidding to outdo them for a bad news day with this brain dump [that’s certainly  one word for it – Ed] from Boris Johnson… Whatever next? (Well, to update, this feature piece from The Sun).

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On parliamentary sovereignty and post-Brexit Britain

The latest phase in the stages of grieving for Remainers is the idea that parliament can save the UK’s membership of the EU. How would that play in blue-collar England? As 78% of the men on the Clapham omnibus, in the London Borough of Lambeth, voted Remain, we’ll need someone different to act as our more…

murdered RUC constable George Larmour

21 flavours of ice-cream. The murder of Constable John Larmour…

I came across this video browsing Brian John Spencers Youtube channel. Here is some background to the story from the Irish News and the Belfast Telegraph: Constable John Larmour was off-duty and helping out at his brother’s ice-cream parlour in south Belfast when he was shot dead by the IRA in 1988. Two men entered, unmasked, more…

#SluggerReport: The high farce of English politics…

It’s hard to find a cart in Westminster where wheels are not coming off. Yesterday was occupied with the drama of the Labour party trying desparately to get their benighted leader to ‘do the right thing’ and step down, and the beginnings of mass resistance to that Parliamentary heave. And just as that was coming more…

Gove stands for Tory leadership, but will Boris stand down?

Oh, where’s all the Northern Irish news gone? This is kinda funny: a Tory continuation of the end of the pier show Labour’s been running for the general entertainment of the great British public…  It’s that email that Mrs Gove sent to Mr Gove. Very important that we focus on the individual obstacles and thoroughly more…

French President Francois Hollande :”The negotiations will be conducted with the United Kingdom, not with a part of the United Kingdom”

With the UK Parliament sovereign, and Sinn Féin’s calls for a border poll dismissed as an unwelcome distraction, quite where the “very special place” Martin McGuinness thinks Northern Ireland is in isn’t entirely clear.  Nor whom he thinks he can press that “case” with in his attempt to ignore the UK-wide referendum result.  He should remember, however, that neither he more…

After Brexit: the options

As time went on, speculation reached fever pitch. The internet was full of crazy theories about developments that would overturn everything we knew, seemingly convincing timelines of events that would soon unfold, and ingenious analyses proving that things were either nowhere near as bad as they seemed, or much worse than anyone imagined. I am more…

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‘We need to encourage young people that this is a place they can build their future’: Report on ‘Let Them Speak’

Back in February, 90 Sixth Form Pupils from 25 schools across Belfast gathered at Ulster University to discuss the city’s future. The event was part of the 4 Corners Festival, and was featured on Slugger at the time. The 4 Corners Festival have now produced a booklet that collates some of the students’ comments, grouped more…

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Five quick Brexit observations

1. I’m increasingly willing to see the split verdict as wise: offered stay in EU as-it-is versus get out utterly, the GB public says: make another option. 2. Overheard yesterday in Dublin: ‘So the English are knocked out of Europe twice in one week. Once by Iceland, once by people who shop there.’ 3. #CelticPride: This was found more…

There will be silver clouds, best to go and look for them now…

So listen, before we all get too carried away with Brian’s impersonation of Private Frazer’s Wur Doomed, let me get a Don’t Panic word in before the end of the day… On Evening Extra yesterday… The chief executive of Northern Ireland’s inward investment agency has told the BBC he is “excited” by some of the more…

The Demise of the Nickname

A bright morning always carries with it a sense of optimism in which to approach the new day- and not just in June when, for us teachers, the summer holidays are but a few sleeps away. My twenty minute drive to work most mornings signs off with me turning off the Oldpark Road and onto more…